South Route will continue to operate for the winter season
Good news: The city of Glenwood Springs will continue operating Ride Glenwood’s South Route throughout the winter. This was the direction given by City Council at its Dec. 2 meeting.The decision to extend Ride Glenwood’s South Route bus service was based on providing patrons with a reliable source of transportation during the winter season and allowing enough advance notice for them to find another means of transportation; even though the city’s draft 5-Year Transit Operations Plan (TOP) recommends eliminating the route at the first of the year due to the city’s FY2011 transit budget shortfall. The city is in the process of finalizing its five-year Transit Operations Plan (TOP) for its local bus system, Ride Glenwood Springs. The city hired consultant Charlier Associates Inc. to conduct this study with the primary goal of providing a tool to be used in daily operations by the city to meet the immediate and future needs of all members of our community during the next five years. A draft report was released in November, and the study is set to be completed and approved at the Jan. 6 City Council meeting. The report mainly focuses on the significant shortfall in the 2011 transit budget due to the decline of sales tax revenue and the recommendations to offset the deficit, which consists of: eliminating the South Glenwood Route, not implementing a fare at this time, and cutting back 1,534 service hours on the Main Route for FY2011. The city plans to subsidize the South Route until April 15 through other sources of revenue, and RFTA will assume operations beginning Jan. 3. The South Glenwood route will continue to operate with 30-minute frequency from Cardiff Glen subdivision to 14th Street close to City Market. The bus will run its regular schedule of eight hours per day Monday through Friday with hours of operation from 5:50-9:50 a.m. and 3-7 p.m. Please note: There will be no changes to the main Ride Glenwood Springs service until April 16. Both Ride Glenwood Springs routes will continue to remain free to all riders and operate on the same fixed route through the city from approximately 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily with 30-minute frequency. New winter schedules for free Ride Glenwood service can be picked up at City Hall, local restaurants and motels, the Community Center, and on the city’s transit website (www.rideglenwood.com) or call 384-6437. Instead of driving all over town transporting your family, put them on the bus, reduce the number of trips you make in your vehicle and take some time for yourself. The schedule is easy, convenient and can take you all over town. Please visit http://www.rideglenwood.com for bus information.For questions regarding Ride Glenwood transit service or the South Glenwood route, CommuterConnect.com or other transportation issues, call 384-6437 or e-mail email@example.com. Sabrina Harris is transportation manager for the city of Glenwood Springs.
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